Arms and Armour of the Warrior Saints: Tradition and by Piotr L. Grotowski

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In KEDRENOS Soldiers' salaries and changes in the army's wage structure are examined by Southern/Dixon 1996, 76-82 (for the Late Roman period, with special considera1:75318-22. SOURCES 23 Justinian I replaced these handouts of clothing and arms by their monetary equivalent, but already Maurice reverted to the free distribution of arms from the imperial armamenton, though not without provoking the army's objections 23 Constantine Porphyrogennetos in his part of the continuation of Theophanes' chronicle, describing Basil I's reorganization of the units of tagmata in the capital, states that the emperor mustered and armed the soldiers24 The outfitting of the army by the emperor is also mentioned by many other Middle Byzantine sources, tion of annona-for which, see also E.

E. Byzantines) to own a bow (STRAT. 7828-30 [12]: Xpil navtas TovS v£cutiepou5 `Pwµaious Sixa Twv &OvtKiwv ToiS µexpt TEGGapaxovTa ET(AV &vayKacEGeal, EhTE Kat& ko^(oV o'SaGn To pxicn E{TE is'CpiwS, 26 nhvtwC Tol ocpaprcpa (pop£ly ). On private arms manufactories functioning up to the 6th C. see Bishop/Coulston 1993, 183-8. Haldon (2002, 72) argues that small workshops in border fortresses also produced weapons for local needs. 7 According to Haldon (1984, 322), the Constantinople armoury produced axe- heads and spearheads of high quality, partly from iron received from the Eidikon (imperial treasury and storehouse).

1038 , 1050, 1079, 1087, 1113, 1127, 1131, 1197, 1282, 1295, 1307, 1317, 1376, 1391, 1406, 1412, 1434, 1443, 1445, 1447, 1504, 1510, 1518, 1547, 1594, 1609, 1610; and also Zacos 1972, vol. 1/2, nos. 34 This reservoir of data should permit us to establish a representative group of depictions, with typical, oft-repeating elements of arms and armour, as well as to identify examples that differ from them. The chosen selection should allow us to discuss the methods of depiction of the military equipment in the representative group without having to refer to all the known representations of the military saints.

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